After the Starbucks was distributed, the day started off with multiple takes of Jill entering through the front door.
This is me looking through the front door waiting for my cue to open it for Jill. I can't remember how many times we did this, but it was a lot! We took it from 2 different angles.
So, after everyone left, and the commotion came to a screeching halt, I sat up for a long time processing the visit. I spent several weeks up late stressed out from the experience. I think in my mind when I heard "makeover" I thought my house was going to be filled with people helping my organize my home. After it was all over, I felt used and or violated. I realized that I had been the subject of a video about organizing, and not the subject of a "makeover". You can Watch the Video Here. Although Jill's tips were helpful, most of the day was dominated by filming.
So, it came out and the video wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I felt as though they were trying to peg me as a horribly messy person by staging the rooms in my home to look messy for "before" and "after" shots (Camera guys "staging" my living room and taping it on right). I also feared my really old fridge's condition was going to be a highlight! Remarkably, the thing that stood out the most about the video was Jill saying wine glasses and formula. I thought SOB!!
Let me explain. I had taken out formula samples, and a giant container of wine and glasses I bought for a party, that I couldn't bring myself to throw away, to get the nudge to toss them. I am a HUGE Breastfeeding advocate. My son hasn't had a drop of formula. We even spent time organizing my frozen breast milk in the freezer during the taping, and I had to take breaks to nurse my little guy (4 m/o at taping). What made it into the film??? Formula. SOB.
As it would turn out I have been thankful to have the formula around, my senior German Shepherd has really benefited from it, I have been giving it to her to supplement her diet and help with the aging process.
So how did my home go from what you see in the "before" to what you see in the "after" shots?
The "after" shots aren't a true representation of what the house looked like after "organization". We have tons of toys in our play area. If my kids are happy having toys in every room, I'm happy. For the "after" shot we removed most of the toys from the room, and big items like the baby swing and bouncy seat, then put it back after taping was done. (Staging the living room to look "played in" on left)
The toy organizer Jill brought has been great for all the little toys we have, You can find a similar item here on Amazon.. The big Fisher Price barns you see in the "before" shots all come with little animals. We keep all the little animals in one bin, and the large barns back into the large grey bin you see in the "before" shot or on the floor. Let's face it, if you have kids, chances are your home is dominated by toys because the primary Occupation of kids is.......Play!!! (One of the camera crew and a Schick Intuition staff member assembling the toy organizer Right) (Discussing how to tape the living room for the "after" shot below left)
The "studio contraption" Jill brought has been great for art supplies, mail, receipts, paper. I also use the dining room table as an office (I am writing this here now) so I can watch the kids, and get some work done. Find it here on Amazon I have seen the price go up steadily, it was around $60, is now at $100, so watch for price fluctuations to get the best deal. The drawers occasionally fall off track, but go right back on and it's a small flaw to deal with for functionality.
So where did all my "stuff" go from the dining room table? Honestly, it's all downstairs in our home, waiting to be dealt with. Don't feel bad if you're a little cluttered too, there was no magic here. Bottom line is, I have to get rid of tons of stuff. (My husband comforting Roman [right] and one of the really nice camera guys - who worked nonstop and had a long trip to and from our home, even helped with the dishes)
What was my takeaway from the experience? Several of Jill's tips didn't make it into the video, but here is my version of them.
1. Throw out lots of stuff.
2. Put everything into containers.(plastic bins, jars, etc.)
3. Group items together by use, and not by type (things to bake with, things to make coffee with)
4. If you use it frequently, put it out where it's easy to get to.
5.You can get lots done if someone watches your toddler for the day!
Would I repeat the experience? I have to say, that given another day when my husband, and sons are home I would choose to go to an amusement park, or hang out in our pajamas watching movies. Family is the most important thing to me, but should you have the opportunity to have help from Jill Pollack with organizing your home (I think she is for hire!), do it, absolutely but perhaps without the whole production.